l would like to share my experience after comparing and testing two soundbars – Bose Soundbar 500 vs Yamaha MusicCast BAR 400. The Bose Soundbar 500 was rated 7, while the Yamaha MusicCast BAR 400 has a rating 7.6. The soundbars are equipped with a different number of buttons, microphone for the Soundbar 500 and power, volume down, volume up, input, mute for the MusicCast BAR 400.
Each of the models under consideration has active amplification type. A noticeable difference is the number of channels that Soundbar 500 has 3.0 and MusicCast BAR 400 has 5.1. The built-in subwoofer is not implemented in any of these models. An external subwoofer can be connected to any of the units in this comparison. Rate 6 out of 10 received the Bose Soundbar 500 for audio features and specs, but the Yamaha MusicCast BAR 400 received 8 out of 10.
AirPlay 2 supported by both soundbars. Both devices do not have Google Play Music on board. Each of the competitors can play content from Spotify.
Both models have a wireless Wi-Fi interface. Soundbars from this comparison have Bluetooth support. There are 1/0 HDMI inputs/outputs in the Bose Soundbar 500 versus 1/1 HDMIs in the Yamaha MusicCast BAR 400. As in the Soundbar 500, so in the MusicCast BAR 400 there is the HDMI Audio Return Channel (ARC). Connecting devices via USB is possible in both models. We rated the connectivity of the Soundbar 500 at 8 out of 10, while the MusicCast BAR 400 was rated 9/10.
The manufacturer of the Soundbar 500 provides a device control application. The soundbars in this review are equipped with a microphone. The Yamaha MusicCast BAR 400 may become part of a multiroom system.
Dolby Atmos audio decoder is onboard the Soundbar 500. Devices from this comparison cannot process surround sound due to lack of DTS:X. The MusicCast BAR 400 has a modern feature such as DTS Virtual:X. The same score of 4/10 was put to the soundbars for multichannel surround support.
The Yamaha MusicCast BAR 400 is better soundbar in this comparison. Check Yamaha MusicCast BAR 400 price